Mitchell Starc and Steven Smith withdraw from Sheffield Shield clash

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Starc’s father passed away from cancer on Tuesday

Mitchell Starc and Steven Smith have withdrawn from the New South Wales squad to face Victoria in the Sheffield Shield at Bankstown Oval starting on Thursday.

Starc will miss the game following the passing of his father Paul on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Starc’s wife Alyssa Healy also withdrew from New South Wales’ next two WNCL fixtures.

Earlier in the season Starc left Australia’s hub during the limited-overs matches against India to spend time with his family but returned to feature in all four Tests.

“All our thoughts and prayers are going out to Mitch and his family,” said team-mate Nathn Lyon said. “It’s a tough time for Mitch but he knows he has all our love and support from, just not me, but from everyone here at New South Wales Cricket and the cricket community as well.”

Smith will miss the clash, which was relocated from Melbourne to Sydney, due to an elbow issue that has flared up.

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